|Country||United States / England (concurrently published)|
|Publisher||John Murray (UK)
Moses Thomas (USA)
|Media type||Hardback, 2 volumes|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-554-33977-3 (reprint)|
|Preceded by||The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.|
|Followed by||Tales of a Traveller|
Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley was written by Washington Irving in 1821, while he lived in England, and published in 1822. This episodic novel was originally published under his pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon.
As this is a location-based series of character sketches, there are a number of individual plots. The tales centre on the occupants of an English manor (based on Aston Hall, near Birmingham, England, which was occupied by members of the Bracebridge family and which Irving visited).
As this is a series of character sketches, the most effective way currently to describe this book is to list the contents.
- The Author
- The Hall
- The Busy Man
- Family Servants
- The Widow
- The Lovers
- Family Reliques
- An Old Soldier
- The Widow's Retinue
- Ready Money Jack
- Story Telling
- The Stout Gentleman
- Forest Trees
- A Literary Antiquary
- The Farm-House
- St. Mark's Eve
- Fortune Telling
- The Library
- The Student of Salmanaca
- English Country Gentleman
- A Bachelor's Confessions
- English Gravity
- May-Day Customs
- Village Worthies
- The Schoolmaster
- The School
- A Village Politician
- The Rookery
- The Manuscript
- Annette Delarbre
- Popular Superstitions
- The Culprit
- Family Misfortunes
- Lovers' Troubles
- The Historian
- The Haunted House
- Dolph Heyliger
- The Storm-Ship
- The Wedding
- The Author's Farewell
- 1822, USA, C.S. Van Winkle. Pub date May 21, 1822, Hardback (in 2 volumes — original edition). While American copies have the name C.S. Van Winkle on the title page, the original bindings bear the inscription "Published by M&S Thomas, Philadelphia" on the spine. See Works, 9:xxivn28.
- 1822, UK, John Murray, Pub date May 23, 1822, Hardback.
- 1823, Berlin, German translation.
- 1836, USA, Carey, Lea and Blanchard, Pub date ? 1836, Hardback (in 2 volumes).
- 1865, USA, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Pub date 1865, Hardback (complete in one volume)by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
- 1869, USA, G.P. Putnam and Son, Pub date ? ? 1869, Hardback.
- 1876 (dated 1877), London, Macmillan & Co., Hardback, one volume edition, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott
- 1890, London, Edinburgh & New York, T. Nelson and Sons, Pub date ? ? 1890, Hardback.
- 1978, USA, Sleepy Hollow Restorations ISBN 0-912882-35-2, Pub date 1 October 1978, Hardback.
- 1990, USA, Ams Pr ISBN 0-404-03508-6, Pub date 1 June 1990, Hardback.
- 1991, USA, Library of America: Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra, Pub date March 1, 1991. ISBN 978-0-940450-59-2.
- Bracebridge Hall at Project Gutenberg
- Bracebridge Hall (Caldecott illustrated edition) at Google Books.